The DO Méntrida is located in Sierra de Gredos, a geographical area which produces some of the world's finest Grenache wines.
Located north-east of Toledo, the DO Méntrida was legally established in 1976, although the wines from the region already had a great reputation in the era of the Spanish Habsburg Court. The area sprawls across the eastern slope of Sierra de Gredos, one of Spain's most prestigious wine producing areas. As it happens in the rest of Gredos, the most important variety in the DO Méntrida is Grenache, which encompasses up to 80% of all vineyard surface.
The DO Méntrida has a mild orography, with altitudes between 200 and 500 metres above sea level. The region is crossed by two rivers, Tagus and Alberche. Soils are mainly sandy and clayey, with very low levels of organic matter.
The climate of the DO Méntrida is Continental. Winters are long and very cold, and in summertime temperature can reach up to 35oC. Average yearly precipitation is low, and it concentrates in the autumn and winter seasons, with occasional summer storms.
Over the last years, the wine producers of the DO Méntrida have considerably fine-tuned their craft, producing increasingly elegant, terroir-driven wines. The region has a treasure trove of old Grenache vines, perfectly adapted to the soils and the demanding climatic conditions of the area. Many of the resulting wines are truly excellent. Besides Grenache, there are also wines made from Tempranillo and Syrah. The rosé and white wines are mostly produced for quick consumption.